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: the district attorney is investigating shirakawa for repeated violations of state campaign ethics laws and misuse of public funds stemming from his alleged abuse of a county- issued credit card for lavish meals, trips to golf resorts, first class air and hotel upgrades and luxury car rentals. in his first public statements on the allegations last tuesday shirakawa blamed the media. >> i don't want you to be distracted by the political lynching that you read today and continue to read about. >> reporter: but it has been a distraction. >> there's a siren and a blaring in the community right now right or wrong from your perspective. >> reporter: one new area of focus is travel expenses. last april he reportedly billed taxpayers for his upgraded $560 a night hotel stay in washington, d.c. the night after his official itinerary had him flying home and in 2009 he was seemingly in two places at once attending a state conference in sacramento but charging taxpayers $95 for a working staff meeting at a downtown san jose restaurant. >> at the end. day it is like watching a train wreck and it's t
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